This Week in Fredericton (Sept. 21-27)

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Live music takes a back seat this week as the city’s annual literary festival adds five days of conversations, readings and poetry for your virtual viewing pleasure. 

Yusuf Saadi is one of this year’s Word Feast featured writers . His first collection, Pluviophile (Nightwood Editions April 2020), was selected for the CBC’s summer reading list.



Slam Poetry at The Cap! There are once again a limited number of spots in both halves, open mic and competitive, so please message in advance to claim your place. Open mic is free form; you don’t even need to read poetry! Just do something kool! Competitive has some more structure; you must read an original poem in under 3 minutes. Competitors will be given scores by volunteer judges and ranked, which is such a fun rush! Details and ticket info


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Adam Baldwin (solo) at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre (SOLD OUT). 

Zoom Tertulia: Tom Beckley on Wendell Berry. What is a tertulia? A tertulia can be described as a literary and artistic social gathering or philosophy cafe where participants talk about ideas. Tertulias combine words, music, poetry, art and whatever else speakers want to share.

Tom Beckley is a sociologist and professor in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick. His research focuses on rural communities, sense of place, community forestry, public engagement in forestry policies, and energy and climate change. He grows his own food and manages a woodlot in Keswick Ridge. Wendell Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. He is the author of The Unsettling of America, numerous novels, essays, short stories, and poetry.
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Word Feast 2020 Festival Launch and Keynote Address. The launch of Word Feast’s Fourth Annual Literary Festival, with Senator and Governor-General’s Literary Award Winner David Adams Richards’ Keynote talk, sponsored by St. Thomas University. More info


The Great Canadian Karaoke Challenge 2020 at Klub Khrome. Join host Jeff Brewer for a full evening of karaoke magic. 10-11 p.m. $10 Registration GRAND PRIZE 10,000 CASH.

Trivia Night at Grimross Brewing Co. Grab your team and come to Grimross for general knowledge Trivia Night. Prizes include Grimross gift cards! Full info

Word Feast Poetry Bash. This year’s signature event features Yusuf Saadi, Chloé LaDuchesse, Cecily Nicholson, and Emily Skov-Nielsen, hosted by poet and Vice-Chair Jennifer Houle. This will be a literary soirée for the books, full of conversation and discovery. 7 p.m. More info

NBCCD Advanced Studio Practice Free Guest Lecture Series presents Mary Stewart. Advanced Studio Practice’s Guest Lecture Series is partnering with the Atlantic Centre for Creativity to provide a virtual experience to the annual series. This week’s lecture – Mary Stewart: The Parts and the Puzzle – will explore three questions. How can our past experiences inform our current choices? Which current projects have the greatest potential? and How can our current actions set the stage for future growth? Professor Mary Stewart is an artist, author, editor and educator. Her artwork has been included in over 90 exhibitions, and she is the author of Launching The Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design. In connection with a Fulbright Fellowship she received in 2019, she helped to expand the Atlantic Centre for Creativity website and served as the guest editor for the first edition of its journal.

These noon-hour sessions celebrate the creative, cultural and academic achievements of artists, designers and fine craft practitioners. They are free of charge and open to the public. Watch the lectures on Zoom each Thursday at 12pm at this link:

How to Create Success for Your Film Online – An Applied Digital Marketing Workshop. Digital strategist Annelise Larson will outline a simple three-step process that will help you put together better funding applications and identify, find and engage audiences online to help you reach your goals and take your career to the next level. Registration is OPEN for this FREE online film workshop happening on Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. To register, email


Audition Call: Mrs Clause’s Festive Frosty Follies: a socially distant Christmas cabaret. Hang up the mistletoe and trim the tree! Mrs Clause is hosting a Christmas Cabaret to help save The North Pole from her evil landlordess Jackie Frost. This Socially Distant Cabaret will stream in December. A Branch Out Productions show. Full info

Mark McLaughlin on Rise of the Eco-Comics (online lecture). Join St. Thomas University’s Environmental Praxis Class (ENVS 3023) every other Friday morning at 9:00am ADT (8:00am EST) this fall for an online interdisciplinary lecture series on environmental issues facing New Brunswick and beyond. Hear critical perspectives from thinkers from various disciplines, artists and activists on today’s pressing environmental issues. Full info

Word Feast – Spotlight on Translation. Tune into Facebook Live for a conversation with Joshua Whitehead, Arianne Des Rochers and Sophie Lavoie to hear more about the art of translation. 7 p.m. More info


The Muse presents The Montgomery Street Band. The Montgomery Street Band is Jason Flores (upright bass), Patrick Gushue (Mandolin/Fiddle), Scott Michaud (Banjo) and Liam Keith-Jacques (guitar/dobro). These avid street performers boast an extensive catalogue of old time music while also incorporating four part harmonies and the blazing tempos and dynamic energy of a fully fledged jam band. 7 p.m. Tickets available at the cafe.  

O’Me Nerves Comedy at Grimross Brewing Co. O’Me Nerves Comedy Series Presents: Estrogen Invasion 3, 7-9 p.m. This ticketed event is “bubble tables only”, so round up a few close friends and join us for some much overdue laughter! Full info

Word Feast – Celebrating Bill and Nancy Bauer. Mark your calendar for this literary celebration! Join us for the launch of Bright with Invisible History: The William Bauer Reader, edited by Brian Bartlett, with readings of Bill Bauer’s poetry by ten writers, actors, and friends. The presentation of Word Feast’s annual Community Impact Award will follow. 7 p.m. Full info

Drive-In Movie: Les aventures de Rémi at Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. Don’t miss the French movie, Les aventures de Rémi, in the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne’s parking lot. Vehicles can arrive at 8:30pm. There will be free popcorn, and moviegoers can bring their own beverages and other snacks. This movie will be shown in French without English subtitles. Tickets are $10 per vehicle, and will be on sale at the front desk of the CCSA or at


Word Feast – Odd Sundays. Join us to hear the winning of entries of our Postcard Story contest, the Word Feast Fredericton Playhouse Contest, and the Video Slam Contest, followed by an Open Mic set.

2020 Studio Watch Exhibition featuring Lucy Koshan (Gallery on Queen). The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s 2020 Studio Watch Emerging Artist – Painting exhibition will be on display at Gallery on Queen, and will run until mid-October.  Lucy will be discussing her work during the opening reception at 3 p.m.


New Exhibitions Open at Gallery 78. Gallery 78 is proud to present Nos voisins de la Côte-Nord et de la République, an exhibition of guest artists from Edmundston to Caraquet, inspired by the idea of a New Brunswick stay-cation. These 14 artists all carry a strong sense of place and belonging and are deeply influenced by the nature around them; they are accustomed to its cycles, space, and silence. Living in some of these very rural communities gives them time and clarity to recognize the meaning of connections, collaboration, and the importance of passing on their knowledge and artistic vision to others. Ceramic work by Liz Demerson rounds out this new exhibit. The exhibition will be on display until October 3, and online at

Sardinia by Janice Wright Cheney at CreatedHere. Sardinia is an immersive installation that conjures the sheer abundance of the past. Using video, audio, and sculptural elements, Sardinia projects thousands of sardines swimming, without end, across the CreatedHere/NBCCD Studio. 

Launched during FLOURISH Festival, Sardinia will be open Thursday evenings until October 8th. With limited capacity, we will be allowing 9 members of the public in at a time, and masks are required.

UNB Art Centre: Attending the Apocalypse at Memorial. The UNB Art Centre presents Attending the Apocalypse by Jennifer Lee Wiebe and Janice Wright Cheney, an exhibit that was cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the exhibit was presented virtually it will now actually be on view in the gallery spaces from. In keeping with COVID-19 requirements for physical distancing and contact tracing, the exhibit will be accessible Sundays only. To view the exhibit, please visit the website and sign up for a date and time; only 4 people will be allowed in each gallery at one time for a 20 minute period.

In Process: Urchin at George Fry Gallery. Immerse yourself in the shell patterns of sea urchins when St. Andrew’s-based artist Alanna Baird presents her latest works. This exhibition is a special treat for the college – Alanna Baird graduated from our Ceramics program in 1978. Since then she has become quietly prolific in the New Brunswick Craft and Art communities as a multi-media artist and can often be found working away in artist residencies. Baird won a nationwide competition in 2013 at Kingsbrae Gardens with her piece entitled Salmon Vortex.

To see more of Alanna’s work, visit For more information on this event, visit: 

FAA Artist in Residence – Lena Beckley. Lena Beckley will paint a series of watercolours of native flora during her virtual residency with the Fredericton Arts Alliance September 20 to 26.  Learn how to follow Lena’s work this week by visiting

Gallery on Queen Community Support Initiative. The Gallery on Queen Community Support Initiative is a campaign designed to give back to our local community. We are calling on you, the public, and friends of Gallery on Queen. Selected artwork from our artists will be sold with 100% of the funds raised being given to Black Lives Matter Fredericton and Gignoo Transition House. All proceeds will be split 50/50 to these two organizations. Learn more.

Gallery on Queen presents a Roger Simon Exhibition. In collaboration with the family of Roger Simon, Gallery On Queen is honoured to present an exhibition of works by the late artist. The work will be displayed at the gallery and available for viewing, while following Covid-19 safety protocols, and will also be available for viewing online. 

Roger Simon was a Mi’kmaq artist from Big Cove Reserve. He studied at the George Brown College in Toronto, and continued at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton. His work combined traditional and contemporary ideas where he painted the faces of people from Big Cove and other reserves that impressed him. His ideas stemmed from Mi’kmaq legends and stories from the Elders, and he interpreted ideas from his culture in new ways. His inspiration came from the beauty of his people. 

Simon’s painting style was unique and his paintings are greatly appreciated by both the First Nations’ and non-aboriginal communities. In 1995, one of his paintings, “The First Car on the Rez” (oil on paper, 1993), was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Fine Art program for a permanent exhibition of First Nations’ art for the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, Russia. 

This Week in Fredericton is created in part with notes from the Fredericton Arts Alliance‘s weekly newsletter as well as Music Runs Through It‘s weekly Fredericton music update. We encourage you to visit both these valuable community resources for more detailed information on these and other events happening This Week in Fredericton. 


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